Investments For Pest Control and Disease Management

The USDA provides $50 million to cooperators for invasive pest and disease management and prevention. Susan Carter has more:
“The USDA is partnering with its stakeholders to identify and mitigate threats to American agriculture by allocating ten’s of millions of dollars for hundreds of projects. Rebecca Blue, Deputy Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory programs:

‘This is meant to fund projects that will prevent the introduction or spread of plant disease that has really threatened the US agricultural economy and the environment.’
 

The projects suggestions are from a host of sources:
 

‘States, Universities, Federal Agencies and private companies have all contributed.’
 

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will be funding the implementation of 321 projects, examples include a nationwide survey of honeybee pests and diseases, research to combat citrus pests, and monitoring high risk international and domestic pathways for invasive species. Blue says that the significance of having effective pest and disease management is to safeguard the nations multi-billion dollar ag industry:
 

‘Last year we had $136 billion dollars in Ag exports and one in twelve jobs is ag related.’
 

Blue says that educating the public can make them stewards in controlling pests and diseases:
 

‘When people are camping people can remember to use firewood only in the area that it comes from. Also don’t move citrus plants across state lines, and not brining plant material from international locations.’
 

The ultimate goal is to help farmers, ranchers and producers protect their crops and livestock.
 


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